Kintai Bridge is located in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, in the western part of Japan. The bridge was built in 1673, spanning the beautiful Nishiki River in a series of five wooden arches, and the bridge is located on the foot of Mt.Yokoyama, at the top of which lies Iwakuni Castle. The elegance of the form inspired the name Kintai, which means gold brocade sash, because of a similarity to the traditional Nishiki obi for kimono. Along with Nihonbashi bridge in Tokyo and Meganebashi bridge in Nagasaki, it is one of the three most famous bridges in Japan. The challenge was to build a bridge that would not get washed away and the result was this beautiful bridge. Even by the standards of modern bridge building, Kintai Bridge is an example of brilliant engineering. Moreover, the arches were built using metal straps and clamps for a structure of incomparable workmanship. Today the bridge is illuminated at night, and it is a great spot for viewing the cherry blossoms in the spring, the changing leaves in the autumn, and cormorant fishing in the summer.